CHANTILLY, Va. (Oct. 20) — Today is National Tire Check Day, an event sponsored by the American Automobile Association to demonstrate to motorists the potential dangers of improper tire care.
In addition to offering a video shot to show the possible consequences of improper tire maintenance, the AAA is staging demonstrations at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy Emergency Vehicle Operations Center in Chantilly of real-life dangers presented by worn tires.
In developing the idea for National Tire Check Day, the AAA said an increasing percentage of the emergency calls AAA has answered the past five years have been tire-related and cited a September 2006 survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association that found that 85 percent of drivers do not know how to properly check their tire pressure.
It also noted National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data that show as many as 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries occur every year in accidents influenced by tire-pressure-related circumstances.
"The evidence is clear," said John Nielsen, director of AAA´s Approved Auto Repair and Car Buying Assistance Program. "Despite the risk posed by poorly maintained tires, too many motorists are neglecting tire care. Taking five minutes each month to check and adjust tire pressure can enhance safety; improve fuel economy and help tires last longer."
For more information on National Tire Check Day, go to www.AAA.com, where you can download the informational video.